Former TCU center Eddie Lampkin announces transfer commitment to Colorado

IMG_0985by:Griffin McVeigh04/02/23


Eddie Lampkin was one of the most sought-after names in the NCAA transfer portal after spending time with TCU. He announced his next destination on Sunday, as Colorado has earned a commitment from Lampkin, per On3’s Joe Tipton.

A handful of other schools were in the running for Lampkin. He named Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Memphis, and Xavier as the other potential landing spots. With head coach Tad Boyle winning out, Lampkin will be heading to Coulder to continue his career.

During his three seasons in Fort Worth, Lampkin appeared in 67 games for TCU. He was efficient as a scorer and rebounder, averaging 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Lampkins was a huge part of the Horned Frogs’ success before stepping away from the team.

Lampkin played high school basketball at Katy (TX) Morton Ranch, where he was a three-star prospect. He was the No. 191 overall recruit in the 2020 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Rankings, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

To keep up with the latest players on the move, check out On3’s Transfer Portal wire.

Transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.